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United Kingdom | 26 May 2016
Sky is the limit for latest in farming technology

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones as they are popularly known – is now becoming relatively common, but Brechin-based precision farming specialists SoilEssentials is taking the who...


United Kingdom | 29 April 2016
Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees. One of the chemicals widely considered as be...


United Kingdom | 28 April 2016
Farmers reliant on EU subsidy may want Brexit anyway

For Britain’s farmers, leaving the protective custody of the European Union would mean a kind of freedom they haven’t experienced in decades. It’s just not clear if the change would be profitable. ...


United Kingdom | 14 April 2016
Beef farmer plans to increase gross margin by 45% using Friesian bull calves

A beef and tillage farmer in Co. Laois plans to increase the profitability of his business in the coming years through the use of Friesian bull calves and improved management practices. John Lalor ...


United Kingdom | 11 April 2016
Get off our land angry Down farmers tell fox hunters

A group of farmers in Co Down have told fox hunters to stay off their land after claims the practice is causing damage to their property and livestock. The League Against Cruel Sports has said it h...


United Kingdom | 8 April 2016
Campaigners' No to UK field trials of GM potatoes, oilseeds

British NGOs have objected to two applications for open-air field trials to grow GM crops. One is for a blight-resistant potato that is much less resistant than existing non-GM varieties. The othe...


United Kingdom | 7 April 2016
Farmland could help combat climate change

The earth’s soil stores a lot of carbon from the atmosphere, and managing it with the climate in mind may be an important part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, according to...


United Kingdom | 11 March 2016
Farmers call on SNP agriculture minister to resign

Scottish farmers have called for the SNP’s agriculture minister to resign over the EU payments shambles as he received a hostile reception at a Holyrood rally despite Nicola Sturgeon announcing £200 m...


United Kingdom | 16 February 2016
Young Northern Ireland farmers in search for work overseas

The children of farmers are going overseas to get jobs in agriculture because their parents can't pay them to stay at home and work the family farm. They're moving to the Middle East to milk cows a...


United Kingdom | 12 February 2016
Payments row Scottish government minister faces farmers

Scottish government rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead is expected to face tough questions about payments to farmers later. The minister is due to address the NFU Scotland annual general meet...


United Kingdom | 9 February 2016
UK poultry farmers still using antibiotics linked to rise of drug-resistant bacteria

UK poultry farmers have increasingly been using antibiotics linked to the development of drug-resistant bugs, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) has revealed. Industry...


United Kingdom | 2 February 2016
Funds big buyers in corn and wheat

Good Morning! Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am. Grain markets are lower as investors are concerned about weak Chinese economic data, Russia holding expo...


United Kingdom | 2 February 2016
Beef forum set up in UK to tackle volatility

Farmers and industry experts have come together to make practical solutions to issues facing the industry. Irish farmers have over the past year looked with envy at the prices their counterparts in...


United Kingdom | 14 January 2016
Dairy farmers forced out of business

Falling milk prices pushed more than 30 Scottish dairy farmers out of business last year. According to figures released from the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association (SDCA), 34 farmers left the sector...


United Kingdom | 13 January 2016
Farmers to kill 40,000 chickens amid new bird flu scare

A case of H5N1 avian influenza – potentially fatal to both birds and humans – was discovered at Craigies Poultry Farm in Fife. The cull is to take place today and strict controls have been placed o...


United Kingdom | 11 January 2016
Bird flu strain found at farm in Fife

A suspected case of bird flu has been identified in chickens at a poultry farm in Fife. Birds at the site will now be culled and a 1km control zone has been set up around the premises in Dunfermlin...


United Kingdom | 7 January 2016
Jersey farmers see crops ruined due to warm weather

Jersey farmers are battling the unique winter conditions which are ruining crops, including daffodil and cauliflower harvests. The warm weather is causing many flowers to bloom early, meaning they ...


United Kingdom | 6 January 2016
Farmers are key to fighting climate change

The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target. A new study finds that if farmers...


United Kingdom | 18 December 2015
What is life really like as a dairy farmer?

Billions of pints of milk have flooded the market, causing prices to plummet. So after another difficult year, Sarah Freeman reports from down on one Yorkshire dairy farm. Every morning at 5am Elli...


United Kingdom | 14 December 2015
Land Reform Bill could affect all farmers

The Land Reform Bill currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament will not get an easy passage. That’s the verdict of Andrew McCornick, NFU Scotland vice-president, who warned that, no mat...


United Kingdom | 11 December 2015
Farming community warned after rise in rural crime

The farming community is being warned to be extra vigilant after a rise in rural crime. Two trailers, red diesel and a chainsaw have been stolen from the Bala area since the start of October and a ...


United Kingdom | 11 November 2015
Campaigners demand more rights for tenant farmers

Campaigners have gathered at Holyrood to demand the Scottish government does more to protect the rights of tenant farmers. Among them was Andrew Stoddart, who faces eviction and losing his liveliho...


United Kingdom | 10 November 2015
Rustling crimewave sees 10,000 cattle stolen in three years

Almost 10,000 cattle have been stolen across Northern Ireland in the last three years - with the vast majority never seen again. Shocking figures reveal the extent of the cattle rustling crimewave ...


United Kingdom | 30 October 2015
Fertiliser helps grower to claim record wheat yield

Northumberland grower Rod Smith is claiming a new world wheat yield record of 16.52t/ha due partly to his decision to use a stabilised urea fertiliser that is proving its worth in the North of England...


United Kingdom | 6 October 2015
Glencore shares surge on agriculture asset sale hopes

Shares in beleaguered trader and miner Glencore Plc rose on Monday on hopes it was on track with its debt-cutting plans with a sale of a stake in its agricultural assets. Glencore's share price has...


United Kingdom | 2 October 2015
Sheep rustler stole livestock worth £35k

A stockman rustled sheep worth £35,000 from farms on both sides of the Pennines including the farm where he worked, a jury heard. Thomas Redfern, 26, had denied theft and burglary but was found gui...


United Kingdom | 30 September 2015
'Badger baiting' claims: Five men go on trial

Five men have gone on trial in connection with alleged badger baiting offences over three years ago. The men face a number of animal cruelty charges over an alleged incident near Carrowdore, County...


United Kingdom | 23 September 2015
Northern Ireland bans GMO crops

The politics of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) are being redrawn in Europe, where a near complete disapproval persisted until earlier this year. Now, it’s up to individual nations to say whether ...


United Kingdom | 18 September 2015
Dairy farming needs more women, says industry chiefs

Farming needs women – and more of them. This was the overriding message from the UK’s first Women in Dairy conference, which saw women of all ages come together for an exchange of opinion and experien...


United Kingdom | 17 September 2015
How automation could benefit agriculture

Intelligent automation now means that a dairy herd can be fed, cared for and milked by just one or two people. Robert Veitch has a dairy farm near Glasgow that uses one of the most advanced robotic...